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Oklahoma City Roller Derby wheels into out fourth-annual cancer fight

Besides engaging in fierce battle on the track, 10 skaters will auction off painted casts of their bosoms during halftime of the Bout Against Breast Cancer.
by Brandy McDonnell Published: June 22, 2012
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On the track, Sarah Brown strives to live up to her ferocious roller derby name Taryn Bonesapart.

On Friday, the Norman resident and her cohorts will be fiercely skating for a higher calling: to beat breast cancer.

Oklahoma City Roller Derby will host its Fourth Annual Bout Against Breast Cancer on Friday night at the Farmers Public Market, 311 S Klein. Tailgating, or “rollergating,” begins at 5 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m., and the bout begins at 7 p.m.

Plus, 10 skaters had casts made of their breasts and recruited artists to paint the molds. The buxom works of art will be auctioned off at halftime.

“It seems to be a fan favorite. Men in particular think ‘roller girls and boobs, yeah, let's go and check this out,' not realizing how personal it is. ... It's one of the charities that hits close to home for a lot of the girls,” Brown said.

“I mean, we're women. The breast cancer fight is very empowering for the survivors, and that's what roller derby does for all of us. It's an empowering sport.”

For Brown, this year's event is especially personal. Although it will be her third time to skate in the benefit bout, it is her first to do a breast cast. She painted it herself in honor of Nikki David Roberts, one of her classmates at Holt High School in Holt, Mich., who died of breast cancer in January at the age of 32.

“It hit home to me the fact that she was the exact same age as me, we both have a daughter and we have so many friends in common. I've seen her fight through Facebook posts, and she really affected a lot of people,” said Brown, a member of OKC Roller Derby's Lightning Broads squad.

After bearing witness to her friend's cancer fight, Brown vowed to respect “the body that was given to me instead of always complaining and wanting to change it” and to create a cast for this year's auction. She painted it herself with plans to buy it back and give it to Roberts' husband and daughter.

“I'm by no means an artist, but I made it basically all about her, everything she loved, quotes that she would say. It's my gift to honor her,” Brown said.

Proceeds from the breast cast auction benefit SHOUT, an Oklahoma City-based support group for young women who are cancer survivors. The painted molds typically fetch $250 to $1,000 each, Brown said, and previous year's auctions have raised $8,000 or more.

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by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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IF YOU GO

Oklahoma City Roller Derby's Fourth Annual Bout Against Breast Cancer

When: Friday. Tailgating at 5 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m., bout begins at 7 p.m. The breast cast auction will start at halftime of the bout.

Where: Oklahoma City Farmers Public Market, 311 S Klein.

Beneficiaries: SHOUT and Breast Impressions.

Information: www.OKCRD.com.

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